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Feral felines spur neighborhood catfight

October 10, 2014
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Residents of a small, dead-end street in Central JP are facing off over a colony of feral cats. Mark David Chesak and Suzanne Sobert, a married couple living on Greenley Place, have cared for the eight cats for years—even providing small huts for them to live in. A neighbor the City wouldn’t identify filed...

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Rangers Mounted Unit seeks annual funds

October 10, 2014
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PARKSIDE—The Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit—stabled at Franklin Park—is once again trying to avoid a sunset ride into retirement. An Oct. 16 fundraiser and auction, organized by the Friends of the Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit, is aiming to keep the horses on the force by raising $155,000 every year. The Mounted Unit once...

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British School student achieves rare perfect IB score

October 10, 2014
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British School student achieves rare perfect IB score

A British International School of Boston achieved a rare perfect score in this year’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme—a feat so difficult that only 1 in 1,000 students accomplish it. Noah Fechtor-Pradines, who graduated from BISB at 416 Pond St. earlier this year, nabbed the elusive 45-point perfect score. Only 146 students in the world...

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JP Kids: The many playgrounds of JP

October 10, 2014
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JP Kids: The many playgrounds of JP

Jamaica Plain is a playground paradise, with at least 14 public facilities for all ages and activity levels. Some are well-known community gems. Others are hidden treasures that separate, clunky lists of City- and state-run playgrounds make hard to find. One example is Pondside’s Brewer/Burroughs Tot Lot tucked away on a side street. It...

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JP Kids: BPS updates pregnancy policies

October 10, 2014
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Boston Public Schools (BPS) has updated its policies in support of students who are parenting and to reduce student pregnancy. The changes tighten confidentiality guidelines and enforce federal Title IX protections. The last time BPS guidelines for expectant or parenting students was updated was in 1987. “Changes are being put in place now, beginning...

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Prudential Unlimited Realty becomes Sotheby’s

October 10, 2014
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Prudential Unlimited Realty, with offices at 673 Centre St., changed its affiliation to Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty as of Oct. 1. The change is a result of Prudential Financial selling its Real Estate Division back in 2011. As franchise agreements expire, the franchisees must find new brands. Unlimited’s Prudential license expired on Sept. 30....

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JP’s resident ‘joggler’ runs and juggles

October 10, 2014
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JP’s resident ‘joggler’ runs and juggles

Chances are, if you’ve seen Jeremy Fischer, you remember him. He is Jamaica Plain’s resident ‘joggler’—someone who juggles while jogging. Fischer told the Gazette he has been doing it for years. “The first race I joggled was a 5K in Somerville, and I definitely dropped the balls more than a few times,” he...

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Protests target landlord for business rent hikes

September 26, 2014
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Protests target landlord for business rent hikes

EGLESTON SQ.—Protesters joined by City Councilor Tito Jackson took to the streets Sept. 16 to protest rent hikes and evictions they say City Realty Group leveled against seven businesses in Egleston Square, including the popular Pin Bochinche Restaurant. The protest continued into a Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) Zoning Committee meeting the following day,...

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WIT profs create digital Curley House

September 26, 2014
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The digital scan of the Curley House’s exterior, as seen in a Gazette screenshot of the Wentworth Institute of Technology video.

PONDSIDE—The historic Curley House on the Jamaicaway remains closed to the public. But a hologram-style virtual tour is now available, thanks to Wentworth Institute of Technology professors who have scanned the entire building—inside and out—into a computer. The City-owned historic home of legendary Boston politician James Michael Curley at 350 Jamaicaway is currently in...

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Protestas contra propietario por aumentos del alquiler

September 26, 2014
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Protestas contra propietario por aumentos del alquiler

EGLESTON SQ.—Manifestantes tomaron las calles con el Consejero Municipal Tito Jackson el 16 de septiembre para protestar contra el aumento del alquiler y el desalojo que, según ellos, dio City Realty Group a siete empresas de Egleston Square, incluido el restaurante popular Pin Bochinche. La protesta continuó en una reunión del comité de urbanización...

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